Another Passes Too Young: Former NFL Linebacker Elijah Alexander Dead at 39

David CotignolaContributor IIMarch 25, 2010

7 Oct 2001:  Elijah Alexander #58 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Cowboys 28-21.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Ferrey  /Allsport
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Elijah Alexander, an NFL Veteran from 1992-2001, passed away yesterday after a five year battle with multiple myeloma.  MM, as it is sometimes called, is a cancer of the white blood cells.  He was diagnosed in 2005, four years after he retired from football.

A 10th round pick of the Buccaneers in the 1992 draft out of Kansas State, Elijah played with Tampa for the '92 season before playing from '93-'95 with Denver, then '96-'99 with the Colts.  From 2000-2001, Elijah started 29 of 32 games for the Raiders at OLB before leaving football.

In 2006, he founded the Tackle Myeloma Foundation, which will hopefully continue to search for a cure and help his legacy live on far beyond his years on the gridiron.